Allowances and facilities for civilian employees of the Central Government serving in the States and Union Territories of North-Eastern Region - improvements thereof
Government of India
Ministry/ of Finance
Department, of Expenditure
New Delhi, the 14th December, 1983.
Subject:- Allowances and facilities for civilian employees of the Central Government serving in the States and Union Territories of North-Eastern Region - improvements thereof.
The need for attracting and retaining the services of competent officers for service in the North-Eastern Region comprising the States of Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland and Tripura and the Union Territories of Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram has been engaging the attention of the Government for some time. The Government had appointed a Committee under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Department of Personnel & Administrative Reforms, to review the existing allowances and facilities admissible to the various categories of civilian Central Government employees serving in this region and to suggest suitable improvements. The recommendations of the Committee have been carefully considered by the Government and the President is now pleased to decide as follows
(i) Tenure of posting /deputation :
There will be a fixed tenure of posting of 3 years at a time for officers with service of 10 years or less and of 2 years at a time for officers with more than 10 years of service. Periods of leave, training, etc. in excess of 15 days per year will be excluded in counting the tenure period of 2/3 years. Officers, on completion of the fixed tenure of service mentioned above, may be considered for posting to a station of their choice as far as possible.
The period of deputation of the Central Government employees to the States/Union Territories of the North Eastern Region will generally be for 3 years which can be extended in exceptional cases in exigencies of public service as well as when the employees concerned is prepared to stay longer. The admissible deputation allowance will also continue to be paid during the period of deputation so extended.
(ii) Weightage_ for Central deputation/training abroad and special mention _in Confidential Records.
Satisfactory performance of duties for the prescribed tenure in the North East shall be given due recognition in the case of eligible officers in the matter of
(a) promotion in cadre posts;
(b) deputation to Central tenure posts; and
(c) courses of training abroad.
The general requirement of at least three years’ service in a cadre post between two Central tenure deputations may also be relaxed to two years in deserving cases of meritorious service in the North East.
A specific entry shall be made in the C.R. of all employees who rendered a full tenure of service in the North Eastern Region to that effect.
(iii) Special (Duty) Allowance:
Central Government civilian employees who have All- India transfer liability will be granted a Special (Duty) Allowance at the rate of 25 per/cent of basic pay subject to a ceiling of Rs.400/- per month on posting to any station in the North Eastern Region. Such of those employees who are exempt from payment of income tax will, however, not be eligible for this Special (Duty) Allowance. Special (Duty) Allowance will be in addition to any special pay and/or Deputation (Duty) Allowance already being drawn subject to the condition that the total of such Special (Duty Allowance plus special pay/Deputation (Duty) Allowance will not exceed Rs.400/— p.m. Special Allowances like Special Compensatory (Remote Locality) Allowance, Construction Allowance and Project Allowance will be drown separately.
(iv) Special Compensatory Allowance :
1. Assam and Meghalaya
The rate of the allowance will be 5% of basic pay subject to a maximum of Rs. 50/-p.m. admissible to all employees without any pay limit. The above allowance will be admissible with effect from 1.7.1982 in the case of Assam.
The rate of allowance will be as follows for the whole of Manipur
Pay upto Rs.260/- Rs.40/-p.m.
Pay above Rs.260/- 15% of basic pay subject to
a maximum of Rs,150/-p.m.
The rates of the allowance will be as follows:-
(a) Difficult. Areas 25% of pay subject to a minimum
of Rs.50/- and a maximum of Rs.150/- p.m.
(b) Other Areas
Pay upto Rs.260/ - Rs.40% p.m.
Pay above Rs.260/- 15% of basic pay subject to
maximum of Rs.150/- p.m.
There will be no change in the existing rates of Special Company Allowances admissible in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram md the existing rate of Disturbance Allowance admissible in specified areas of Mizoram.
(v) Travelling Allowance on first appointment :
In relaxation of the present fuels (S.R.105) that travelling allowance is not admissible for journeys undertaken in connection with initial appointment, in case of journeys for taking up initial appointment to a post in the North—Eastern region, travelling allowance limited to ordinary bus fare/second class rail fare for road/rail journey in excess of first 400 kms. for the Government servant himself and his family will be admissible.
(vi) Travelling Allowance for journey on transfer
In relaxation of orders below S.R.116, if on transfer to a station in the North-Eastern region, the family of the Government servant does not accompany him, the Government Servant -will toe paid travelling allowance on tour for self only for transit period to join the post and will be permitted to carry personal effects upto 1/3rd of his entitlement at Government cost or have a cash equivalent of carrying l/3rd of his entitlement or the difference in weight of the personal effects he is actually carrying and l/3rd of his entitlement as the case may be, in lieu of the cost of transportations of baggage. In case the family accompanies the Government servant on transfer/ the Government servant will be entitled to the existing admissible travelling allowance including the cost of transportation of the admissible weight of personal effects according to the grade to which the officer belongs, irrespective of the weight of the baggage actually carried. The above provisions "will also apply for the return journey on transfer back from the North Eastern Region.
(vii) Road mileage for transportation of personal effects' on transfer:
In relaxation of orders below S.R.116, for transportation of personal effects on transfer between two different stations in the North-Eastern region, higher rate of allowance admissible for transportation in ’A1 class cities subject to the actual expenditure incurred by the Government servant will be admissible.
(viii) Joining Time with leave;
In case of Government servants proceeding on leave from a place of posting in North-Eastern region, the period of travel in excess of two days from the station of posting to outside that region will be treated as joining time. The same concession will be admissible on return from leave.
(ix) Leave Travel Concession
A Government servant servant who leaves his family behind at the old duty station or another selected place of residence and has not availed of the transfer travelling allowance for the family will have the option to avail of the existing leave travel concession of journey to home town once in a block period of 2 years, or in lieu thereof, facility of travel for himself once a year from the station of posting in the North East to his home town or place where the family is residing and in addition the facility for the family (restricted to his/her spouse and two dependent children only) also to travel once a year to visit the employee at the station of posting in the_ North Eastern Region. In case the option is for the latter alternative, the cost of travel for the initial distance (400 Kms./160 Kms. ) will not be borne by the officer.
Officers drawing pay of Rs.2250/- or above, and their families, i.e., spouse and two dependent children (up to 18 years for boys and 24 years for girls) will be allowed air- travel between Imphal/Silchar/Aqartala and Calcutta and vice- versa, while performing journeys mentioned in the preceding paragraph.
(x) Children Education Allowance/Hostel- Subsidy;
Where the children do not accompany the Government servant to the North-Eastern Region, Children Education Allowance upto class XII will be admissible in respect of children studying at the last station of posting of the employees concerned or any other station where the children reside, without any restriction of pay drawn by the Government servant. If children studying in schools are put in hostels at the last station of posting or any other station, the Government servant concerned will be given hostel subsidy without other restrictions.
(2) The above orders except in sub-para (iv) will also mutatis mutandis apply to Central Government employees posted to Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
(3) These orders will take effect from 1st November, 1983 and will remain in force for 4 period of three years upto 31st October, 1986.
(4) All existing special allowances, facilities and concessions extended by any special order by the Ministries/ Departments of the Central Government to their own employees in the North Eastern Region will be withdrawn from the date of effect of the orders contained in this office Memorandum
(5) Separate orders will be issued in respect of other recommendations of the Committee referred to in paragraph 1 as and when decisions are taken on them by the Government.
(6) In so far as the persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issue after consultation with the 'Comptroller and Auditor General of India.
( S.C. MAHALIK )
JOINT SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA